• Anne Rainsberry to leave NHS England London in the autumn
  • She oversaw cyberattack response as national incident director
  • Handed in her notice in April but agreed not to announce departure “so as not to be a distraction during the important planning and budgetary process”

An NHS England regional director has announced her departure this autumn, HSJ can reveal.

Anne Rainsberry, London director for the national commissioning body, resigned in April but she “agreed with the NHS England leadership team that she would announce it in the summer so as not to be a distraction during the important planning and budgetary process for the next two years”, a spokesman said.

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Anne Rainsberry said working in the NHS was ‘an absolute privilege’

Her replacement has not been announced.

The senior management teams of NHS England have undergone significant changes in recent months at national and regional levels.

The NHS England spokesman said Dr Rainsberry would be “leaving the NHS” after a career of 33 years in the service.

Dr Rainsberry said: “Working in the NHS remains one of the most rewarding roles anyone can experience – I am extremely proud to have been part of it for so long. Seeing London lead the way in trauma care, response to major incidents, reorganisation of the capital’s stroke services and our work towards becoming the healthiest global city has been an absolute privilege.”